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CREEP FEEDING OF OATS TO CALVES ON PASTURE

This trial has two objectives. The first is to compare gains and cost of gains of calves, on pasture, that have access to oats in creep feeders, and calves on the same pasture that do not have access to oats. The second objective is to compare the performance of these calves in the feed lot.

Table 19 shows the average weaning weights and amount of oats fed in this trial for the five year period 1961 - 1965.

Table 19. Average Weaning Weights and Amount of Oats Fed in the Trial Comparing Creep Feeding of Oats to Calves on Pasture, and Calves on Pasture only.
Year Average Weaning Weights Av. Difference Lbs. Per Head Lbs. Oats Per Calf Lbs. Oats Per Lb. Added Gain
Creep Fed Pasture Only
1961 383.7 347.4 36.3 171 4.7
1962 391.4 365.2 26.2 179 6.8
1963 387.0 353.1 33.9 324 9.6
1964 397.3 392.0 5.3 122 23.0
1965 379.1 362.9 16.2 113 7.0
5 Year Av. 387.7 364.1 23.6 182 10.2

Calves getting oats on pasture have been heavier at weaning in this trial in each of the five years the trial has been conducted. The average difference in weaning weight is 23.6 pounds per head. The creep feeding of calves did not affect the weight gains of cows appreciably during the pasture season. Table 20 summarizes cow weights for the 5 year period 1961 - 1965.

Table 20. Cow Weights on Pasture Where Calves are Creep Feeding on Oats and on Pasture Where there is no Creep Feeding.
Comparison Average Weights - 1961 - 1965
June October Difference
Cows With Calves On Creep Feeders 1054 1099 45
Cows With Calves On Pasture Only 1041 1084 43

A comparison has also been made of the feed lot performance of the steer calves from this trial. The ration fed to these steers in 1965 was 24 pounds corn silage, 1.0 pound alfalfa hay and 5.2 pounds rolled barley, plus 1 pound supplement. Rations fed in previous years were similar to the 1965 ration. These steers went into the feed lot at an average initial weight of 378 pounds and were sold when they reached about 1000 pounds. They were on feed for 340 days.

Table 21 shows the feed costs and carcass data for the 1965 trial. Table 22 gives the gains produced in the feed lot for the five year period, 1961 - 1965.

Table 21. Feed Costs, Dressing Percent and Grade of Steers From Pasture With Creep Feeders and Steers from Pasture Without Creep Feeders.
  Creep Fed Non-Creep Fed
Total Head 8 8
Initial Weight 377.5 377.5
Final Weight 1003.8 1035.0
Gain 626.3 657.5
Days on Feed 340 340
Average Daily Gain 1.91 1.84
Feed Cost/100 Pounds Gain $11.79 $11.36
Feed/100 Pounds Gain 1707 1652
Dressing Percent 57.49 56.23
Grade 1 Prime, 7 Choice 5 Choice, 3 Good
Carcass Value $234.33 $231.93
Daily Ration Creep Fed Non-Creep Fed
Silage 24.03 24.19
Rolled Barley 5.20 5.20
Alfalfa Hay 1.17 1.17
Supplement 1.0 1.0

 

Table 22. Feed Lot Gains of Steers from Pasture With Creep Feeders and Steers From Pastures Without Creep Feeders.
Year Average Gain / Pounds Per Head
From Creep Feeders No Creep Feeders Difference
1961 642 654 12
1962 640 655 15
1963 623 651 28
1964 622 651 29
1965 626 658 32
5 Year Average 631 654 23

Creep feeding oats to calves on Pasture has resulted in an average gain of 23.6 pounds more per head at weaning time than calves on similar pasture, but which do not have access to oats. However, when these calves go into the feed lot, those not getting oats on pasture make greater gains than do the calves that were getting oats on pasture. The average difference for the five year period, 1961 - 1965, is 23 pounds per head.

The calves creep fed in the period 1961 - 1962 were not kept separate in dry lot which makes it impossible to get the feed per 100 pounds gain and the cost per 100 pounds gain for those years.

In the trials since that date separate trials have been set up so that information could be obtained. Table 23 shows the feed costs, dressing percent and grade of steers from pastures with creep feeders and steers from pastures without creep feeders for 2 year period, 1963 - 1965.

Table 23. Feed Costs, Dressing Percent and Grade of Steers from Pastures With Creep Feeders and From Pastures Without Creep Feeders. 1963-65.
  Feed Per 100 Lbs. Gain Feed Cost Per 100 Lbs. Gain Dressing Percent Average Grade
Pasture With Creep Feeders 1896 $12.21 57.24 Low Choice
Pastures Without Creep Feeders 1851 $11.80 56.70 High Good

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